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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Fri, Jan-12-2018, 07:47:22 AM   #1
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Default Condensation after Angel Eye upgrade

Sup peeps?

So last month I installed some Orion V2 Gold angel eyes on my E46. I followed the directions to a fault and they appeared to be done right (didn't fry my ECU, headlamp was firmly sealed, etc). I made a few trips through the car wash and there was no signs of water entering the headlamp.

Well, California finally decided to have a really chilly night and I woke up to condensation. I figured I could take it apart and inspect it. Well a couple of days later my Xenon light gave out.

Questions...could these events be related? Condensation causing the Xenon to Did? How hard is it to replace the Xenon bulbs burned out? I have a Dinan CAI, so I'm sure by popping the top and removing the filter I'd have room. Last...does BMW sell the rubber seal that goes around the factory lens?

Thanks peeps.

BTW I like this forum so much better than the E46 fanatics. I've gotten great advice on DID there but you guys are more on point to my particular car
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Default Re: Condensation after Angel Eye upgrade

You can purchase new headlight lens seals online, I know Iíve seen it in the past. You may have had nice warm moist air inside the headlight unit so on the super chilly day, it could cause condensation inside just like a cold drink condensing on the outside of a glass. Although there are relief holes on the back of the headlight housings so within time humidity will equalize.

If your car is bixenon then youíll know if the ballasts are receiving power when headlight switch is set to on and when you push signal stalk to turn on high beams, youíll hear the bixenon shutter flip open.

Just try a process of elimination if only one bulb is out. It could be one or a combo of ballast, igniter, or bulb.

Angel eyes and how they get their power is totally from a different circuit source so this is most likely coincidence. Check any connections you removed or twisted for tightness and let us know what your problem is once youíve solved it.
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You can purchase new headlight lens seals online, I know Iíve seen it in the past. You may have had nice warm moist air inside the headlight unit so on the super chilly day, it could cause condensation inside just like a cold drink condensing on the outside of a glass. Although there are relief holes on the back of the headlight housings so within time humidity will equalize.

If your car is bixenon then youíll know if the ballasts are receiving power when headlight switch is set to on and when you push signal stalk to turn on high beams, youíll hear the bixenon shutter flip open.

Just try a process of elimination if only one bulb is out. It could be one or a combo of ballast, igniter, or bulb.

Angel eyes and how they get their power is totally from a different circuit source so this is most likely coincidence. Check any connections you removed or twisted for tightness and let us know what your problem is once youíve solved it.
Thanks Trevor in 604. I'll tackle it this weekend! Cheers
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Another issue might be how the AE wires are ran inside the lights. Did you seal those two entry points?
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Another issue might be how the AE wires are ran inside the lights. Did you seal those two entry points?
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Yes I did, with a product I use for everything. Shoe Goo lol. So today I took the lamp apart and noticed a nice 1 1/2 inch tear on the main weather stripping (that connects to the lamp housing). That's a $15 part, so no biggie.

I did notice that the rubber beneath the lens was damp, which is where the condensation sat for a few days. I wiped it down, wiped the lenses with a soft cloth (If it's good enough for my hockey shield, it's good enough for my car). Then I put it all back together.

I had a harder time snapping in the lens to the plastic housing toward the bottom. Then I heard it click and knew it was fastened. At this time I'm gonna say I half asses it when reassembling. Now...the bi-xenon came back on after I checked all the wires to/from. Odd as bell, but I'll take it.

Thanks for the suggestions peeps. I'll scream I'd it repeats the behavior but I don't suspect it will.
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